Agility teams up with Qatar Airways Cargo, UNHCR to donate medical supplies to Uganda
Agility has donated the transportation of nine tonnes of medical materials from China to Uganda for UNHCR.
- The donation included more than 50,000 surgical kits to be used at hospitals and medical centers in Kampala.
April 07, 2021: Agility has donated the transportation of nine tonnes of medical materials from China to Uganda for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in partnership with Qatar Airways Cargo.
Michael Blaufuss, Agility’s SVP of air freight, said, “This project demonstrates the value that Agility brings to its customers and charity partners. Our teams were able to work quickly with UNHCR and its vendors to export the medical gowns during the holiday period, and get them to in Kampala. The donation of space by Qatar Airways Cargo was critical in getting the supplies to the destination quickly.”
The donation, through One Million Kilos, Chapter 1 of Qatar Airways Cargo’s sustainability programme WeQare included more than 50,000 surgical kits to be used at hospitals and medical centers in Kampala, Uganda. In China, Agility’s teams received, inspected and packaged the materials for export. The cargo was flown to Kampala by Qatar Airways Cargo; upon arrival, Agility facilitated customs clearance and delivered the goods to UNHCR.
Guillaume Halleux, chief officer cargo at Qatar Airways, said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has shown how essential air freight is in the time of crisis. Through WeQare’s One Million Kilos campaign, we are pleased to support Agility and UNHCR in transporting essential supplies to places where they are needed the most. “
Nader El Nakib, head of private sector partnership, Kuwait, UNHCR, said, “This donation will be used by UNHCR’s medical teams to help displaced persons receive improved medical care, while protecting UNHCR’s frontline health workers. We are especially grateful that Agility and Qatar Airways were able to provide these international air cargo services during the global pandemic. This donation means UNHCR can redirect funding to support other beneficiaries in need of assistance.”
Agility has a global sustainability programme, covering humanitarian logistics, community volunteerism, fair labour and environmental sustainability.